McLaren has created a limited production 650S to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am racing series.
Created by the company’s bespoke division, McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the Can-Am is based on the 650S Spider and incorporates a number of lightweight design elements.
Carbon-fibre is used for the bonnet, air-brake, front splitter, rear bumper centre, door blades and 650S Can-Am branded sill cover. A carbon-fibre retractable hard top also features for the first time.
Additional features said to have been inspired by the Can-Am racers include carbon-fibre louvered front wings and a new quad-exit, polished stainless steel exhaust system. The louvres are designed to reduce pressure over the front wheels and increase downforce, while the four circular tailpipes at the rear of the car are housed within a new visual carbon-fibre rear grille.
MSO has also created a custom set of forged alloy wheels inspired by those of the 1960s racers with a gloss-black finish on each of the five spokes and a diamond cut rim. Held in place by titanium bolts, the wheels are shod with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres. Carbon ceramic brakes with black painted callipers are also standard equipment.
Like the 650S Spider, the limited production model features a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 which produces 641 bhp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 62 mph takes three seconds, while top speed is 204 mph.
The Can-Am series, or Canadian-American Challenge Cup, attracted the best drivers of the 1960s and 70s including Graham Hill, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart and, of course, Bruce McLaren.
The championship started in 1966, only a year after Bruce McLaren Motor Racing was established and in the series that followed, the young Kiwi became one of most successful names in the sport. McLaren won five consecutive championships between 1967 and 1971.